Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Spirit of Wisdom

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:17)

       We are apt to think that wisdom can only be recognized by lofty rhetoric or prudent actions; but according to this verse, wisdom is best characterized by a certain spirit. The aforementioned qualities may indeed be present, but before either of these is manifested, there is a prerequisite attitude, or spirit. If I were to hazard a guess as to what that attitude might be, I would have to say “humility.” David said in Psalm 25:9, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

       Wisdom and revelation are given for one thing: “the knowledge of Him.” Every subject you study, every skill you perfect, is a means to an end—that you might be able to think some of God’s thoughts. The God of Creation, the God of all physical laws, the God of the only pure philosophy, and most of all, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ—the God of redemption, is the beginning and end of wisdom. And to think; if we come to Him with the spirit of wisdom (humility), He will share some of His wisdom with us!

         “And what is this valley called?”

            “We call it now simply Wisdom’s Valley: but the oldest maps

              mark it as the Valley of Humiliation.”

                                            — C.S. Lewis: The Pilgrim’s Regress (bk.7, ch.8)


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